Maureen Griner, of Mora, passed away on Sunday, October 25, 2020 at the J.A. Wedum Hospice Center in Brooklyn Park. She was 76 years old.
A PRIVATE FAMILY SERVICE will be held.
INTERMENT will be in the Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.
A PUBLIC CELEBRATION OF LIFE will be planned for a future date.
Maureen Marlee (Struthoff) Griner, of Mora, passed away on Sunday, October 25, 2020 at J.A. Wedum Hospice Residence in Brooklyn Park, MN. She was 76 years old.
Maureen was born June 28, 1944 in Hampton, Iowa to Marvin and Georgette Struthoff. She grew up on the family farm in rural Ackley, Iowa. She graduated from Ackley-Geneva School in 1962 as an honor student. In 1962 she began as a secretary at the Ackley-Geneva High School. After a few years, she became secretary to the superintendent of Ackley-Geneva School and secretary at the grade school and also moved to her first apartment as a young working adult. In 1964 while continuing to work as a secretary, she moved back home to help care for her ill mother and 4 younger siblings. Her mother passed away in November of 1964 and she remained at home helping care for her younger siblings, doing household duties and also continued in her secretarial work at the school. Around 1965 she became a secretary at the Ackley Canning Factory and again moved to an apartment in Ackley. She returned to her childhood home on weekends and during the week as needed to help care for her siblings and maintain the household. She was very dedicated to her siblings and made them a priority in her life.
On April 20, 1968 she was united in marriage to Dale Griner in Ackley, Iowa. They became parents to two daughters, Dalene and Danelle. They resided on a farm near Dumont, Iowa where she spent her time caring for her family, gardening, canning, baking and sewing clothes for her daughters and herself. She was known for her detailed sewing skills. For her wedding she made her own wedding dress along with the bridesmaids’ dresses. She was also the seamstress for the bridesmaids’ dresses for her sisters’ weddings.
In September 1984 the family moved to Mora, Minnesota. In 1987 she started working at the Mora Advertiser which later combined with the Kanabec County Times to become Kanabec Publications. She had various duties including proofreading, subscriptions, processing legal notices, and front office sales. She continued working at Kanabec Publications until her retirement in 2009.
In 2007, Dale was diagnosed with cancer and Maureen was his primary caregiver during his two year cancer battle. Dale passed away July 8, 2009. She then moved to town where she enjoyed getting to know her neighbors and working in her yard taking care of her many flowers.
Her favorite hobbies were spending time with her family, sewing, crocheting, gardening, reading local newspapers and finding deals at garage sales. She volunteered at Hillman Baptist Church AWANA as a Bible verse listener and assisted with mailings to the AWANA kids and volunteers. She especially enjoyed Christmas and spent time shopping and planning for Christmas gifts for her family all year long.
She had a very humble, generous and caring spirit. She loved being a Grandma. She was diligent at sending birthday cards and notes of encouragement to her family and friends. For many holiday seasons she crocheted holiday decorations for the residents at Scandia House – her neighbors just down the street. She will be dearly missed by all that knew her.
Maureen is preceded in death by her husband Dale; her parents Marvin and Georgette Struthoff; her stepmother Mattie Struthoff; and her sister-in-law Beverly Struthoff.
She is survived by her daughters, Dalene (Scott) Anderson, Mora; Danelle Griner, White Bear Lake; grandchildren Rachel, Caleb, Tanner, Mike, Peyton and Hailey Anderson, Mora; sisters Elgene (Herb) Walton, Creston, Iowa, Gloria (Ed) Peet, Hubbard, Iowa; Marjean (Jeff) Clemons, Ackley, Iowa; brothers Lynn (Josie) Struthoff, San Antonio, TX; Larry Struthoff, Seguin, Texas, numerous in-laws, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.